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.22LR revolver.. any "good and cheap"?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by twoblink, Nov 11, 2005.

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  1. twoblink

    twoblink Member

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    Was wondering if there was a "bargain" .22LR revolver that's "good and cheap" best bang for your buck type of deal..
     
  2. dasmi

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    The ruger single six is a good gun.
    Pat
     
  4. New_geezer

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    Cheap and good are real relative terms

    For under $200, the only new gun worth mentioning I think is one of the Heriage Rough Rider SA's. Several options exist

    In used, you can find an older Ruger Single Six for about the same price.

    I recently was in my local gun shop and could compare them side by side.

    The Heritage is not junk, but I would definitely decide in favor of a good used Single Six given the option.
     
  5. JBP

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    Take a look at the used H&R's at the auction sites or gun shows, guns shops, etc. They didn't cost much to begin with, I paid $75 for my 922 close to 30 years ago, and it is just as accurate as my Ruger Single Six.
     
  6. Clemson

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    Used Ruger, used Colt, used S&W. My first choice would be an S&W K22 or Model 17.

    In my opinion, Taurus .22's are not worth a second glance.

    If you want an inexpensive pistol in .22, the Ruger semi-autos are pretty nice for the price.

    Clemson
     
  7. wally

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    I disagree about the Taurus .22 revolvers. I've a 9-shot 2" Model 94 as an analog for my J-frame for cheap practice. Recently just picked up a 5" 9-shot that is styled like the "Raging Bull" line with a full underlug. Only set me back $275 (the 94 was ~ $35 less) and I think its great.

    The S&W .22 revolvers are nice, great actually, but even used they are way too much for mundane .22lr gun.

    Under $250 (new) autoloaders you have many good choices Ruger, Browning Buckmark, and Beretta Neos are three my wife and I shoot a lot.

    --wally.
     
  8. Vern Humphrey

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    My favorite .22 revolver is a Colt Officer's Model Target. The older Colts and Smiths are very fine guns, and you can often find them relatively cheap on www.gunbroker.com and similar sites.
     
  9. Moonclip

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    I got a lemon Taurus 94 too unfortunately. The K frame S&W and even the J frame ones in 22lr are great but even used they can be hard to find especially at a cheap price. If you don't mind a single action, the Ruger single six can be found used occasionally cheaply if you are lucky. I recently passed a SS one with adj sights with 22lr and mag cylinders and two grips at $225.

    Also you could look for a used Charter Arms pathfinder DA revolver, The two I have owned are not a S&W, but are serviceable. Another option is a High Standard Sentinel. CAn be found for less than $200 for many versions(not the pink anodized one though!) they have a rough trigger action, but are generally reliable enrty level 22lr revolvers. Some people report good reults with the Heritage rough rider 22 SA revolvers but I'd look for the Ruger first though the Heirtage revolvers do have a manual safety!
     
  10. Clemson

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    Sorry, Wally, but my personal experience with two different Model 94 Taurus revolvers has been pretty awful. One gun locked up the very first time it was taken to the range (less than one cylinder full of ammo), and the other had a trigger that would make a strong man weep. There may be good ones out there, but caveat emptor.

    Clemson
     
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    good and cheap: Let's start at square one. What price range is cheap? I've got several S&W .22's that are no longer inexpensive, but they are great. I have only one Taurus revolver, a 941 LW 8 shot 2" .22 mag., it works well, but I've had my share of Taurus trouble so the 941 is it for me. What is the purpose for the gun? .22 is actually my favorite caliber. I saw a Ruger 10/22 at Wally World for $175 that got me thinking about another 10/22 project.
     
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    Dan Wesson used. 722. Good quality, very overbuilt (its on their 357mag frame) and changable barrels. Just don't be the original buyer!
     
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    Yep DW is nice. I've got a Monson mod22 with a couple barrels and different grips. The DA pull is fierce. I've never messed with it though, as I use it SA only. Very accurate.
     
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    Heritage Rough Rider .22lr/.22mag $119 @ SOG

    Camanchee $149 @ SOG
     
  15. twoblink

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    I've fired 1 Taurus 94, and didn't have a good experience.. It jammed, and when it didn't, the lug didn't swing out that easily..
     
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    If you look around, you will see a plethora of good and cheap .22 revos on teh market, but for my money, IF you can find them, I would go for a H&R Sportsman 999. That is pretty much my favorite .22 revo ever, although I also like the Single Sixes, especially given that they come with a .22 Mag cylinder (if you go that route, make sure it comes with the mag cylinder. If it doesn't, you can whack a nice chunk off the price). Anyway, the problem with the 999's is that they aren't made anymore, and while I got mine pretty cheaply, a couple of guys here on THR say that in thier area they get expensive and are hard to find. For the record, the 999 will fire DA or SA, has a 9 shot cylinder, and ejects the spent casing automatically upon breaking it open (top break). Delightful, delightful gun that I wish was still made! Also for the record, I have really come to like Taurus pistols (especially the revolvers), but even I haven't heard an overwhelming amount of praise for the 94. On the plus side, Taurus warranties thier guns for the life of the gun, so if you get one, you can always get it serviced at the factory for the cost of shipping, one way. For that reason, and because I have been extremely satisfied with my other Taurus handguns, I would likely give the 94 a shot for the right price (no pun intended), as I do think its a handsome revolver.
     
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    +1 on the h&r999 i absolutely love mine and will not part with it! i have the 6"
    barrel version and ive been thinking about ordering the parts to have a interchangeble 4" version.

    if a petition comes to make it again i will sign it!!!
     
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    For less than $200 you should be able to find a used Ruger Single-Six or a Colt New Frontier.

    I just bought a used H&R Fourty-Niner revolver at a local pawn shop for $90. NIB shape and it's a 9-shooter with a 9" barrel!
     
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    Gasp! Koff! Give a guy warning before you post something like that!!

    A Colt New Frontier for less than $200? Buy it and send it to me -- I'll pay you double that, plus shipping.:what:
     
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    Anyone have a High Standard Double Nine?

    My parents still have the Double Nine my grandfather carried as a rat stopper when he worked in the Detroit stock yards.

    It got a corner of the cheap plastic grips broken off and the blueing is worn but it still shoots fine. I've seen 'em used for $100.
     
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    Holy cow - you're right! I looked up .22 colt blue book prices and I must have gotten real deals (steals).

    I bought a 80% 1964 Nevada Centennial a couple of years ago for $170 at a little pawn shop by an Air Force base. It had some holster wear but it's a nice gun, but didn't have the mag cylinder. It's a Frontier Scout and not a New Frontier if I understand it correctly.

    A 95% 1970 New Frontier with both cylinders for $225.

    I won't tell you what I paid for a ANIB Woodsman Match 1st series this past spring. :D
     
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    I have an old Rossi .22 revolver that works great. YMMV.
     
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    taurus 94

    I have a SS Taurus 94 that I bought NIB for $209. It is accurate, with a trigger that initially wasn't great, but smoothed out beautifully with some shooting. I'd buy another!
     
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    I alos have a Taurus 94 4" mine is blue, and is a pre hammer lock model.

    I have put somewhere close to 10,000 rounds through it since I bought it in 1998. Its my #1 gun for taking new shooters to the range. It has an excellent trigger both double action and single action. ITs extremely accurate and balances very well. Timing is still perfect and despite lots of double action shooting it shows no wear to the locking bolt slots at all.

    9 shots J frame size, adjustible sights. IIRC it was $210. Mt local shop has stainless ones for $279.

    I would highly recommend it HIGHLY.

    Last month I bought my second Taurus revolver, a tracker in .45 ACP.

    It is also an excellent revolver.
     
  25. GEM

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    Taurus guns are flakey. My 94 seized up and had to go back to the plant. I also had a PT-22, totally jammer.

    I had a SW 317 but didn't like the trigger or want to mess with it. Now my 22 plinker is a Ruger SS Bearcat.

    I also have some NAA 22 guns - they are really cheap but just for specialized carry.
     
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